Cincinnati in Hamilton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Woodward High School / School for Creative and Performing Arts
Side A: Woodward High School
William and Abigail Cutter Woodward founded Woodward High School, the first public high school west of the Allegheny Mountains, on this site October 24, 1831. Concerned that the poor of Cincinnati had no avenues for education, the Woodwards donated land, time, funding, and expertise to this venture that brought the arts and sciences to "those who have not the means of procuring such advantages themselves." Notables include Dr. Joseph Ray, principal, 1851-1855, author of several popular mathematics texts; Professor William McGuffey, author of the well-known readers and spellers; and William Howard Taft, Class of 1874, former U.S. President. From 1856-1863, the home of Levi and Catherine Coffin was also located on this site. Both were legendary abolitionists who helped enslaved people escape to freedom in Canada. Levi is often referred to as the "President of the Underground Railroad."
Side B: School for Creative and Performing Arts
Since 1976, this site has been home to the School for Creative and Performing Arts, the first, oldest, and, in 2003, still the only school of its scope
Erected 2002 by The Ohio Bientennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, National Honor Society, SCPA Facta Non Verba Chapter 2002, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 61-31.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public Work • Education. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #27 William Howard Taft, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series lists.
Location. 39° 6.628′ N, 84° 30.613′ W. Marker is in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Marker is at the intersection of Sycamore Street Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1310 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati OH 45202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Military Roads (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ohio Military Trails (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cincinnati Riots of 1884 / Sheriff Morton Lytle Hawkins (approx. ¼ mile away); The Kroger Co. / Over-The-Rhine (approx. 0.3 miles away); Elizabeth Blackwell (approx. 0.4 miles away); Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Athenaeum (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fuldner Mortuary (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cincinnati.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,326 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 15, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.